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Lance Armstrong Admits Doping To Oprah, Austin Reacts
Local cyclists are reacting to Lance Armstrong's television confession. Nearly 100 people packed Nelo's Cycles in Austin, and their reaction is swift and strong.
Half of the cyclists don't forgive Lance Armstrong and the other half simply don't care. They even turned the interview into a game - taking a swig of beer every time Armstrong said "I'm sorry."
With liquor in hand and all eyes glued to the television. The court of public opinion quickly came to order.
"For me its too little too late," said Clark Shaffer.
One-time Lance Armstrong supporter Clark Shaffer putting the brakes on his longtime love affair with the disgraced celebrity cyclist.
"The things he's put other people through in this desire to maintain innocence, he really destroyed a lot of people," said Shaffer.
Including his biggest fans.
"A little upset over how he handled the situation," said Gary Obernotte.
One look at Obernotte and it's obvious he's a serious cyclist. And there's no spinning his words.
"I'ts hard to forgive that part because he's a bully," added Obernotte.
Some former fans a little more cheeky than others.
"It says dope strong, ha, ha, ha," joked Charles Bippert.
Bippert doesn't shy away from controversy.
"Lance never came off as a nice guy. He came across as a jerk," said Bippert.
Bippert rode alongside Armstrong several years ago, and wishes the Austin athlete would peddle off into the distance - and never look back.
"They're not my heroes and I would hope no kids think they're heroes," added Bippert.